Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology

Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology

 Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology

PLEASE NOTE: Because of Covid-19, visitor capacity at the ranch is reduced and requires reservations. Advanced purchase of a Day Pass is mandatory to visit museums. Please click here to purchase or pay at the Welcome Center before coming to the museums.

The Museum is named for the late Dr. Florence Hawley Ellis, long-time professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Dr. Ellis was one of the first women to receive a PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago, in 1934. She initiated and led Ghost Ranch archaeology excavations from 1971 until 1990. Excavations continue today on two sites located on Ghost Ranch property. Education seminar classes in anthropology are available during the summer.

What You Will See: The Florence Hawley Ellis Museum at Ghost Ranch displays many of the artifacts discovered by Dr. Ellis and her teams. These items date from Paleo-Indian culture, 10,000 years ago; through ancestral Puebloan times; to modern pottery and weavings. 

One exhibit at the Ellis Museum is based on a book, Ladies of the Canyon, written by local author Lesley Poling-Kempes (available for purchase at the Trading Post). In her book, Poling-Kempes describes the lives of women who came to this area in the early part of the 20th century; one of whom, Carol Bishop Stanley, started Ghost Ranch in 1928 as a dude ranch. 

Also on exhibit is the work of Max Roybal, a sixth generation Santero or “saint maker”.  These lovely wooden carvings represent religious folk art that is unique to Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

 

Schedule: Open Daily 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Because of Covid-19, visitor capacity at the ranch is reduced. Advanced purchase of a Day Pass is preferred to visit museums. Please click here to purchase. The Day Pass fee of $10.00 grants guests access to both Museums, the labyrinth, and all Ghost Ranch hiking trails. Please check in at the Welcome Center before visiting the Museums. In compliance with the New Mexico Governor’s mandate, masks are required to be worn inside the Ghost Ranch Museums.

School Outreach

Schools from across the region visit the Ghost Ranch anthropology and paleontology museums on field trips. Students have the opportunity to learn about local cultures as well as having the chance to hike to paleontological sites found on Ghost Ranch. To arrange an outing for your school group, call Ghost Ranch at 505.685.1006.

Reach us

Please don't hesitate to give us a call or drop an email:

505.685.1000

info@ghostranch.org

280 Private Drive 1708 Abiquiu, NM 87510

HOURS:

9 am - 4 pm Daily

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